Dan Esty | Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Commissioner Esty was appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in March, 2011 to serve as Commissioner of what was then the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He became Commissioner of DEEP when that agency came into being in July of that year. DEEP brings together what had been DEP, the Department of Public Utilities Control (DPUC) and an energy policy group from the state’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM).
This new agency is focused on better integrating energy and environmental policies and helping Connecticut to build a sustainable and prosperous 21st century economy.
2012 Featured Speakers
James Boncek | Fairfield, CT
I was born and raised in Fairfield, CT and still currently reside here. My life is full of interesting projects, jobs, interactions and travels. I spend a great deal of my time working in the entertainment industry, whether it be live music production, TV production, studio mixing, tour management, artist relations, or otherwise.
Additionally, I take much interest in green living, technology, and a higher learning. My current project is the building of an electric car. For more information, see my blog.
I firmly believe that people on a whole have the ability to know everything, it is simply a matter of realization. My education has taught me a fair amount of knowledge, but I have learned an immeasurable amount of information through this belief. With confidence and determination, I continue to drive forward and realize true nature of the world.
Remy Chevalier | Electrifying Times
Remy Chevalier has been greening the fashion industry since being a child model for ELLE magazine in the 50’s.
In 1989 he created the Eco-Saloon at the environmental nightclub Wetlands in Manhattan, helping fashion editors develop the ‘’Save The Planet’’ pages.
In 2001 Remy began consulting for the green career development of top models like Angela Lindvall, Summer Rayne Oakes, May Lindstrom and others.
In 2009 he created Project Green Search, a modeling competition with the Portland-based Greenloop Boutique.
His major focus today is shutting down the Indian Point nuclear power plant, heralding a new era of clean energy solutions.
Leo Cirino | Westport Electric Car Club
Steve Domyan | Metro Crops
Robert Duff | State Senator, Assistant Majority Leader
Bob Duff represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Norwalk and Darien. Reelected to his fourth term in the state Senate in 2010, he continues to serve as chair of the Banks Committee and as vice chair of the Transportation and Energy & Technology Committees. Bob also chairs two subcommittees as a member of the Appropriations Committee.
Bob’s continuing commitment to “stand up for you” is evidenced by his legislative accomplishments. Determined to save Connecticut homeowners from the ravages of predatory lending, in 2008 Bob rallied the legislature to create a package of assistance programs and reforms to reduce the number of home foreclosures in the state. He’s also led the way in energy conservation and planning, historic preservation, consumer protection and transportation.
Judi Friedman is currently chairperson of PACE, an energy organization that she has headed since 1975. She has served on the board of the Humane Society of the United States for 17 years. The author of over 20 books for children and adults, she has won numerous awards including the New England Environmental Leadership Award, the outstanding Science Book Award, a Lifetime Environmental Service award from the Connecticut Sierra Club, the National Science Teachers Association, the Children’s Book Council and honors from the University of St. Petersburg Russia for her book, Jelly Jam the People Preserver www.jellyjam.org. She has also served on the board of Promoting Enduring Peace and with her husband Lou, helped to lead over 30 trips to and from the former Soviet Union in the interest of peace. She is a mother, wife, and grandmother as well as a sincere lover of Mother Earth.
Eric Gribin | Norwalk Community College, BEST Program
Bob Halstead | Bridgeport Community Land Trust
Yvonne Hickey | Xerox Corporation
Yvonne Hickey is the General Manager for Public Sector Operations in the State of Connecticut for Xerox Corporation, with its world headquarters in Norwalk, CT. Xerox is an inaugural sponsor of Live Green CT! Yvonne has over a decade of service to Xerox and its many customers in New England, across all segments and disciplines. Prior to her current role serving Higher Education, K-12 and State and Local Government and non-profits in Connecticut, Yvonne was an Officer of Harvard University’s Office of Information Technology and Harvard Business School Publishing for a collective 12 years.
In 1994, she was awarded the “Innovator of the Year” Award by Xplor International for her work on the ground breaking CUPID Project (Consortium of University Print and Information Distribution) in partnership with her Harvard colleagues, Cornell University and other Higher Education Institutions. Yvonne is a former Northeast Regional Officer of Xplor International and former member of the Xplor/Delphax Joint Technology Council. She is currently proud to be a Judge in the Regional Competition for the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) held annually in Hartford, Connecticut promoting STEM.
In 2007, Yvonne was awarded the Edwin L. Cooper Award by the Mayor’s Office of Boston for her work with the Elderly. Yvonne is very active in supporting Xerox’s presence in Connecticut – acting as Xerox’s ambassador to LIVE Green CT. Yvonne is currently a mentor for the Fortune Magazine/ U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership in which Xerox participates and has hosted woman from Ghana, Zimbabwe and most recently Myanmar. She is also a member of the Xerox Woman’s Alliance. Yvonne regularly visits institutions and speaks to those aspiring for a career in technology and actively participates in the community and supporting green programs with Xerox clients.
Yvonne’s voice can also be heard via Social Media outlets – she is sanctioned to Tweet on behalf of Xerox: Please follow her on Twitter: @yvonne_hickey
Etta Kantor | President and CEO, The Kantor Family Foundation
Etta Kantor is an environmentalist, peace activist, Reiki master, Interfaith minister and founder of the Planetarian movement. She is also Vice President of the NGO “Children of the Earth”.
In the capacity of President and CEO of the Kantor Family Foundation, Etta supported at least fifty programs that benefited women, children and the environment. The foundation created an organization called the Center of Being which was dedicated to women and children from shelters and provided a variety of free services.
Her concern for the environment and sustainability prompted her to drive her car on waste vegetable oil which she got, free, from Chinese restaurants. She filtered it at home. The media attention distributed the story around the world via newspapers, magazines, radio and television. This led her to visiting schools talking about the car and sustainability and coining the word “planetarian” as a humanitarian caring for the planet. Currently she owns a Leaf, which is a 100% electric car.
Her latest project was building a sustainable house which has earned a LEED Platinum rating from the CT Green Building Council and an Emerald rating from the National Association of Home Builders. The house runs on solar energy, is made of reclaimed and recycled materials, has permaculture landscaping, a compost toilet and grey water system and been the recipient of a number of awards.
Etta received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in 1968.
Gil Kernan started CleanTech PMG LLC in 2010 to focus on opportunities in clean energy and energy efficiency. Before CleanTech PMG, he spent his career in capital markets at SoundView Technology Group and Prudential Securities.
Based in Westport, CT., CleanTech PMG is a sales representative for American DG Energy, the leading On-Site Utility, that provides customers with highly efficient energy systems. American DG is a NYSE listed company based in Waltham, Massachusetts. CleanTech PMG is a consultant to the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a non profit community savings program that engages residents in 14 Connecticut towns to reduce their home’s energy use by 20%. CleanTech PMG is an authorized distributor of Enagic USA, Inc., manufacturer of innovative water ionizers, filters that create quality water that is clean, free of contaminants and ionized to help maintain optimal health. Gil is a member of Efficiency First and the Home Performance Association of Connecticut, and a member of RESNET.
Gil graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing. Recently he has participated in LEED and BPI training. He serves on the board of the Tree Conservancy and is a past member of the Darien Republican Town Committee.
Steve Knowles | North American Power
Steve is an Area Director with North American Power (NAP), a green energy company based in Connecticut. NAP is a green electricity supplier in seven states. 70% of NAP’s customer base buys 100% green electricity, which makes NAP far and away the leader among its competitors as a green energy supplier. NAP recently began offering the innovative product of 100% green natural gas heating service in parts of NJ and NY. The product combines the cleanest burning fossil fuel (natural gas) with renewable energy credits to achieve 100% green status.
Steve has been with NAP since it’s inception in early 2010. His duties are to spread NAP’s green energy footprint within CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, OH and IL as well as to market renewable energy credits to individual residences in all 50 states. Prior to joining NAP, Steve was a business owner and a media executive with CBS, Time-Warner and Carsey Werner Television Distribution. In addition to his commitment to North American Power, Steve is Senior Marketing Advisor with Diddel & Diddel, a wealth accumulation strategies company in Stamford, CT and is Executive VP of Theological Education Institute in Simsbury, CT.
David Kooris | City of Bridgeport
Seth Leitman | The Green Living Guy
My name is Seth Leitman and I am THE GREEN LIVING GUY because I love showing ways to be green and green news. I provide Information and tips on Green Living; as well as the Green Guru Guides (my book series) with McGraw-Hill Professional, Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, my Sustainability and Eco Consulting Services.
I’ve authored and/or edited:
Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman
Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel
Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky
Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley
Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke
Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley
Build Your Own Small Wind Power System!!
and more green living books to follow.
I’ve been interviewed and asked for my opinion on places like the BBC, CNN, New York Times, Modern Hippie Mag, Eco Snobbery Sucks, Greenwala, Greenopia, Planet Green, TLC, Mother Earth News, Fox Business News, The Atlantic, Treehugger, The Huffington Post and NY WPIX Channel 11 and GreenTowns.
Bob Leonard | CEO and founder, EarthGarage
Bob Leonard is the CEO and founder of Earthgarage.com.
A 25 year veteran of the advertising and promotion industry, he created Earthgarage to help drivers do something right now to make their car greener, save money and make an impact on the environment.
Wendy Martinenas | Snappy Green
Wendy Brandt Martinenas is a top producing Realtor in Fairfield County, CT who combined her expertise in Real Estate with her enthusiasm for green living to create SnappyGreen.com a premier website about the financial and health benefits of going green in the home. As a Realtor, Wendy leverages this knowledge for her client’s benefit to help them maximize their selling price & evaluate green features in homes they want to buy. With Snappy Green Wendy broadens her reach to an online community by providing, information, resources and tools to empower readers to reduce living expenses, create a healthier living environment and contribute to the preservation of our collective home: the earth. Wendy is a NAR GREEN Designee, a Certified EcoBroker, successfully completed the LEED GA class, a US Green Building Council & National Association of Home Builders member, a GreenTowns.com advisor & an active participant in Fairfield’s sustainability movement.
Richard A. Moccia | Mayor of the City of Norwalk
Mayor Richard A. Moccia has attended Norwalk Community College and Sacred Heart University, receiving his degree in business administration from Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. A veteran, Mayor Moccia served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic.
Mayor Moccia currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, on the Advisory Board of the Courage to Speak Foundation, as chairman of the Land Use Subcommittee of the Connecticut Conference of Mayors, on the Transportation and Water Quality Committee of U.S. Conference of Mayors, and on the Governor’s Early Childhood Research and Policy Council. In addition, he belongs to the Norwalk Republican Town Committee, the Pietro Micca Lodge of the Sons of Italy, the American Legion, and the Norwalk Exchange Club.
Michael Pavia | Mayor of the City of Stamford
Mike Pavia’s public service career began nearly 30 years ago as an Environmental Health Sanitarian with the Stamford Health Department where he was instrumental in creating the City’s first comprehensive water pollution control and enforcement program. When Stamford formed the Environmental Protection Board, Mike was hired as its first Executive Director in 1976.
Mike also serviced as Stamford’s Police Commissioner for eight years, from 1983 to 1991.
From 1991 to 1995, Mike served as Public Works Commissioner for the City of Stamford. Mike later served Stamford on the Board of Representatives, representing Stamford’s 18th District from 2003 to 2006.
Mike built and/or renovated over 200 affordable-housing homes in Stamford and has also amassed considerable expertise in urban planning and development.
Mike serves on a number of community boards and committees including: The North Stamford Association, the Davenport Farm Association and the Homer Lee Wise Memorial Committee which honors the World War II Congressional Medal of Honor hero.
Mike holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the New York University School of Public Administration. He studied at NYU under a fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, awarded for his accomplishments in environmental protection. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University.
Joel M. Rinebold | Director of Energy Initiatives
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc
Mr. Rinebold is associated with the development of energy projects and energy planning initiatives in the Northeast region. At the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a federally-supported program established to strengthen technology-led economic competitiveness, Mr. Rinebold, Director of Energy Initiatives, focuses on the advancement of fuels cell and hydrogen technology, energy and infrastructure planning, and the development of renewable and advanced energy technologies. Mr. Rinebold is the founder and administrator of the Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition; founder and administrator of the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster for the US Small Business Administration; Principal Investigator and Project Manager for the US DOE for a State and Local Partnership Building program to increase education and awareness for key stakeholders; administrator for the Connecticut Fuel Cell Economy Program: administrator for the Connecticut Biodiesel Program; administrator for the Connecticut Center for Energy Solutions; and has also engaged in several energy development initiatives, including assessment of a regional LNG terminal, advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, and the establishment of renewable energy facilities using agricultural biomass and wind.
Mr. Rinebold was the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, established to promote an improved awareness of energy uses, efficient use of energy, and protection of environmental resources. Mr. Rinebold was Chair of the Legislative Task Force to assess energy infrastructure of southwest Connecticut and Chair of the Legislative Task Force to assess energy infrastructure crossing Long Island Sound. Previously, Mr. Rinebold was the Executive Director of the State of Connecticut Siting Council where he directed all activities for electric forecasting and the site regulation of energy, telecommunications, and waste management facilities since 1985. Prior to serving with the Siting Council, Mr. Rinebold worked as the District Manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Litchfield County Conservation District.
Mr. Rinebold has served as adjunct faculty at Middlesex Community College and Central Connecticut State University teaching senior and graduate level environmental planning classes. Mr. Rinebold is considered an expert in energy and telecommunications issues, and has presented papers and lectured on these issues throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Rinebold is a Board Member of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society and a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the EPA Long Island Sound Study.
Pam Sloane | GIVE
LaTina Steele, Ph.D.| Lecturer, Department of Biology
I am a new full-time faculty member in the biology department at Sacred Heart University. I am a marine ecologist who is involved with the new Professional Environmental Science Master’s program offered at SHU. Our program prepares students for a variety of jobs in the field of environmental science, including environmental consulting, jobs with organizations such as EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the department of environmental management, and working with government officials to make environmental policy decisions. My most recent research focused on ecosystem-based managed of an estuarine system in the Gulf of Mexico, and I hope to establish similar research projects here in Long Island Sound.
Christopher C. Swan | Director, Municipal Relations and Siting, Northeast Utilities
Chris Swan began his career with NU in Berlin, CT., as an Environmental Scientist in 1976, after receiving an MS in Meteorology from Polytechnic University of NYU. In 1979, he transferred to CL&P’s Danbury office as an Energy Consultant. In 1983, he began a series of management assignments at CL&P: first as Manager, Energy Management Services, in Bethel; then in 1990, as Engineering and Marketing Manager in Norwalk; then in 1995, as Regional Sales Manager for CL&P’s Western Region; then in 2000, as General Manager in Stamford; and finally, in 2004, in his current assignment as Director – Municipal Relations and Siting, for NU’s Transmission Business.
Chris is also active in a number of SW CT non-profits, including being on the Boards of Directors of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Stamford Partnership and Stamford-based SoundWaters. He is active with the Business Council of Fairfield County, and is a past member of the Boards of Directors of the Stamford, Westport/Weston and Greater Waterbury Chambers of Commerce. He is a graduate of Staples High School in Westport and from Union College, in Schenectady, NY. He is a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, and currently resides in Westport with his wife Carol.
Donna Sweidan | CareerFolk
Donna Sweidan is a career coach, speaker and founder of Careerfolk, LLC, a full service career management company, specializing in taking people from soul search to job search. Donna, a passionate advocate for the environment, is a licensed counselor and LinkedIn & Twitter Specialist Donna is featured on the 2010 NYTV series Job Hunt, as a Social Media and Resume Expert and is a contributor to the Twitter Job Search Guide. She teaches and inspires career explorers & career changers and job seekers how to take the bold approach required in the new economy.
Guy Warner | Chairman and CEO, Pareto Energy
Guy Warner is the Chairman and CEO of Pareto Energy. Trained as a financial economist, Mr. Warner worked for 7 years with the Washington National Tax Service of Price Waterhouse, before founding his own company in 1990. Mr. Warner has worked on more than 100 energy and financial planning engagements and provided financial and strategic planning advice to a number of electric and gas utilities in the United States, Europe and South America. He has served as an economic and energy expert before federal courts and state public utility commissions. Since 1995, Mr. Warner has concentrated his work on developing new energy efficiency, renewable energy and on-site power projects. He has worked on more than twenty five such projects in North, Central and South America.